- Jul 3, 1997
- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
What can I say? I love 3D! From the moment I began watching 3D content in my home I quickly discovered that I needed more content. I suspect that those of you just purchasing your first 3D hardware will acquire the same ferocious appetite. That's why I became the HTF 3D ADDICT. I personally love images that pop off the screen and come inches away from your face without becoming overly gimmicky. However, I certainly appreciate the nature documentaries that offer beautiful depth and separation. These are not necessarily reviews of the film themselves. I am not going to concentrate on story or supplements -- you can find the 2D reviews elsewhere on this forum. My job is to let you know exactly what kind of 3D experience to expect from the titles that are being released. As I will be receiving a handful of new product from the studios expect to see more title coverage.
The Lego Movie:
Everything Is Awesome Edition
Studio: Warner Bros.
Product Release: June 17, 2014
Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1
Running Time: 101 minutes
On A Scale 0-5
Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 4
3D Separation: 4
3D In Yo' Face Factor: 3
Everything is awesome!
Everything is cool when you're part of a team!
Everything is awesome, when we're living our dream!
An animated movie based on Lego building blocks? When Warner
released The Lego Movie last February, I imagine it was very easy for
most people to dismiss the animated film as kiddie fare. I know that I
personally had no interest in ever seeing this film. However, there's
something to be said about the "word of mouth" that spread soon after
its premier and well into the announcement of this Blu-ray release. It
seemed there was quite a large fan base of adults that were touting the
fact that The Lego Movie exceeded all expectations in becoming the most
hilarious and entertaining movie of the year.
I must agree wholeheartedly with that assessment.
When watching The Lego Movie, one can't help but marvel at the genius
behind it. It certainly is one of the most creative and engaging films I have
seen in a long time. It's amazing that the animators not only created several
CGI themed worlds/environments based on lego builds, but used those pieces
to cleverly create even the smallest nuances like dust, smoke, water and rolling
waves. Not only that, but the chase sequences themselves are so amazingly
executed that one easily finds themselves feeling as if they are watching a
top-rate blockbuster action flick.
However, the two best things about The Lego Movie is that it never takes
itself too seriously while paying homage to (and mocking) some of your favorite
super heroes and one infamous science fiction film (which I will not spoil here).
These are the things that put a permanent smile on your fact throughout the
film's entire running length.
By the way, I should mention The Lego Movie is directed by Phil Lord and
Christopher Miller who also did Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and 21
To give you a basic idea of the plot (as really, there are many surprises to be
discovered on your own)...
This is the story of Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt), who is just a lonely, boring,
ordinary sort who lives in a generic lego city. All he wants to be is loved and
accepted, yet goes through life mostly unnoticed by anyone. One day, an
unexpected event hurdles Emmet into an adventure with a Gandalf-like Wizard
named Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), a Master Builder named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth
Banks) and a Unikitty (Alison Brie) who must save the world from an evil Lord/President
(Will Ferrell) who holds a unique weapon of destruction. Their adventure takes our
heroes through several lego themed playsets and pop culture characters that will
have viewers gleefully awakening to feelings of nostalgia.
The Blu-ray makes for an excellent animated presentation with an image that
is crystal-clear and sports an immense amount of detail free of any artifact
distractions. When it comes to colors and their accuracy, I suppose you could
say that "everything is awesome" This is the kind of perfection you would expect
from a film created entirely within the digital realm. Instead of relying on "in yo'
face" pop-out, The Lego Movie is more about providing a sense of 3D depth
that varies in the different play sets we visit. For instance, in Emmet's generic
world we are first introduced to, I found the amount of depth to be somewhat
reserved. Overhead shots of Lord/President business seem to show the most
expansive amount depth, and expertly placed animated objects throughout Emmet's
apartment show a nice variation between foreground and background. As the film
moves forward and we move into other play sets such as The Old West and Cloud
Cuckoo Land, the landscapes become seemingly more infinite. There is a sense
of objects protruding forward from the screen that include various guns and weapons,
as well as a pirate's arm cannons. One of my favorite pop-outs happens at a very
funny moment of the film where we are introduced to a dangling Vitruvius ghost whose
wand pokes prominently forward. The problem is, with all the great opportunities
to provide audiences with some cool pop-out effects (including action scenes filled
with gunfire blocks), all of it seems a tad restrained. Still, with that being said, there's
no doubt that the added sense of depth makes The Lego Movie a more immersive
experience over its 2D counterpart.
There is no crosstalk/ghosting to be found anywhere here.
The Blu-ray's 5.1 DTS-HD soundtrack may not be the most impressive film
experience I have heard, but it does a more than adequate job of immersing
the viewer further into the film. While dialogue remains mostly in the center
channel, it is clear and intelligible. The filmmakers made great use of the rear
channels which provide a wealth of effect activity. Character voices often cleverly
pan across the entire sound field. One of my favorite moments involves an
infamous science fiction spaceship that whisks away from a pirate ship as you
faintly hear one of the superhero characters in the right rear channel exclaim,
"It's party time!" LFE activity is quite strong throughout, but particularly emphasized
in a scene where we "hear the dogs bark" from vehicle subwoofers. In all, the film
sounds rather exceptional.
So, here is the point where I talk about my biggest gripe with this Everything Is
Warner Bros. is obviously testing the waters, and in doing so, is forcing some
consumers to purchase this rather expensive box of junk in order to get the 3D film
they want. The Everything Is Awesome edition includes an exclusive Lego Vitruvius
minifigure, bonus 3D movie, and collectible 3D Emmet photo. There is also exclusive
bonus content, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie on Digital HD and UltraViolet.
Of course, those with young ones who are lego enthusiasts have something to hand
off to them once the 3D movie is removed. However, I think it's rather sad that Warner
felt they had to make this 3D Blu-ray exclusive to a set that costs more than $30 and
certainly doesn't appeal to adult collectors.
There are three discs housed inside the Blu-ray case (no lenticular cover). A DVD
sits on one side while separate 3D and 2D discs sit atop each other on the opposite
Those who have already seen The Lego Movie theatrically, know what an incredible
film this is --- certainly the most entertaining film to date this year. Those of you who
have yet to experience it, certainly should consider doing so. I think you'll find this
movie to be one of the most creative, funny, and ultimately touching films you have
seen in a long time.
While it's hard to say that this is the best 3D experience I have seen to date, it certainly
ranks as one of the "must have" titles to add to your 3D library. Certainly, this is an
immersive presentation that excels over its 2D counterpart. Just a shame that one will
have to pay the price to own it. Hopefully Warner will offer a less expensive, single 3D
Blu-ray release sometime later this year. I'm not holding my breath for that.
Images are for illustrative purpose only not representative of the picture quality of this disc.
Samsung PN64F8500 display professionally calibrated by Gregg Loewen, Lion AV
Oppo BDP-93 3D Blu-ray Player
Denon 3311CI Receiver
Atlantic Technology H-PAS AT-1 fronts, 4400 center; 4200 rear side and back speakers
SV Sound Subwoofer